K. Lorrel Manning is an award-winning writer, director, actor (film/television and theatre) who currently resides in New York City. His first feature film HAPPY NEW YEAR, based on his critically-acclaimed play (which originated at the Barrow Group) and award-winning short film of the same name, had its World Premiere at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival and has screened at over 25 film festivals since.
To date, the film has won over a dozen awards, including “Best Director” and “Best Actor” (Michael Cuomo) at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and “Best Film” at the Oldenburg International Film Festival and the Beaufort International Film Festival, to name a few. The film has also received high-profile special screenings at the Whitney Museum, Columbia University and Yale University, among others. The National Board of Review called HAPPY NEW YEAR, “an important, emotionally devastating drama, with echoes of Zinnemann’s THE MEN (1950), Forman’s ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975) and Ashby’s COMING HOME (1978).” The film was released theatrically in Fall 2012, and digitally in Spring 2013, by Snag Films.
An accomplished music video director, Manning’s musIc video work has been featured and spotlighted on websites for Rolling Stone, Huffington Post and NME, to name a few. His theatrical works include A&J Rule the Universe (Off-Broadway, 2006) and Wool (New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellowship), among others. His other plays have been developed at theatres throughout New York City, including the Roundabout, Rattlestick, the Lark, and the Barrow Group.
Manning is currently shooting the PHOENIX RISING PROJECT, a documentary web series that will premiere in Fall 2014, and is prepping his 2nd feature film, RED HOUSE, which is currently scheduled to shoot in Fall 2014. He holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University.